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gary

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  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (248)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "ken follett weaves a great tale"
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    held my interest throughout. all characters were well woven and believable.
    The reader speakes all the characters fluently and consistently. a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (858)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "enlightening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Charlie Wilson's War to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What other book might you compare Charlie Wilson's War to and why?

    almost a documentary


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings affection to the character of charley wilson and his reading helps to clarify the many complex relationships in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Win the battle and loose the war


    Any additional comments?

    do governments and well intentioned peoplewith power really make decisions that ultimately benefit their constituents. this book leaves you with a big question mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1768)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "patience will be rewarded"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    the presentation of plot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The murderer--- you have to follow to the end to appreciate


    What three words best describe Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    good character impersonations


    If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    watson--he would be relaxed than holmes


    Any additional comments?

    loved the plot was surprised by the twist. the storey lingers. be patient just when i thought i had lost the plot there it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (717)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "justice depends on your point of view"
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    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    sympathy questionable justice


    What did you like best about this story?

    my sympathy and belief in justice was put under question.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is consistant with his intonations and inflections of the individual characters.
    He made events come allive and put me in the sync with the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was easy to pick up from where i left off.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that left me rethinking my understanding of justice.and reasons for individual behaviour.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Agreements

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1013)

    In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    sandy says: "The Four Agreements"
    "self improvement where it counts"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. we all know and understand the 4 agreements this book makes us rethink the extent and detail of these behaviors and objectives


    What did you like best about this story?

    like the meeting in the bar in star wars it made me rethink my life.


    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    Yes great casting here


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Four Agreements?

    I liked his take on excellence. the fact that our ability to be excellent is not always the same and that a poor result in terms of satisfaction may occur if we strive beyond or less than our ability. .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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